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A very superstitious cat tries to catch Buzzy for breakfast but Buzzy outsmarts him. Animation by Graham Place and John Walworth. Story by Carl Meyer and Jack Ward. Scenics by Anton Loeb. Music by Winston Sharples. Produced in 1946.
This movie is part of the collection: Film Chest Vintage Cartoons
Director: Seymore Kneitel
Production Company: Paramount Pictures & Famous Studios Productions
Keywords: cartoon; noveltoon; buzzy
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review deleted 'cause I was rude and annoying.
A cartoon makes me so happy... then I see the slough of mean-spirited comments... ruins the whole mood for me.
Do any of you remember the Golden Rule anymore?
Just watch it for what it is, a funny old cartoon. Buzzy himself reminds me sooo much of the Heckle and Jeckle ones I remember so much better.
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Subject: Jackson Beck
did the voice of Buzzy.
Subject: that jackinthebox
freaks me out!!!!!!!! sry i cant watch & rate now :(
Dark Moon -
Subject: Not bad (but getting worse)
Bonus points for the Jack Benny and Rochester parody, and for introducing a new character (though as a screwball/trickster/outsmart-the-hunter character, I don't think that Buzzy comes up to the creative energy of Bugs Bunny). It's good compared to most of what gets produced today, but it doesn't have the creative energy and sheer zaniness of Spielberg's first two (relatively recent) animated television series: 'Tiny Toon Adventures' and 'Animaniacs!' (And it goes without saying that it comes nowhere close to what Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, et. al. were doing at WB.) Without the creative energy and innovations of the Fleischers, animation at Famous Studios becomes just another art gone corporate mainstream. Too bad that snotty, snarky, and not-so-humbly opinionated Robin hadn't a clue as to why Famous Studios is so infamous among animation history buffs.
And *of course* there is no place in the reviews for insulting other reviewers... unless you happen to be 'Robin_1990' or 'Seto-Kaiba_Is_Stupid', in which case you are especially privileged and exempt from your own critique (yes, I recognize the added irony of editing my review to snark back. Oh yeah, and your cat so pathetically has halitosis).
Subject: Crow's a brotha?
This must be the first time in the history of animation where a character was voiced directly by an African American.
Fab little cartoon, which in my humble opinion, is better than most stuff being made in the USA today. Great animation, Great voice-acting, Great plot, Great EVERYTHING!
Too bad snotty animation critics hate Famous Studios.
Subject: Buzzy is a GREAT character
I have to admit I did not know/remember Buzzy but he is a great character and, being black, VERY rarely treated--with out stereotypes or slurs. Myabe his use of the word 'boss' is stereotypical but it is clearly a put down of the cat. The openning shot of the cats claws is great, as is his head. This does not have the maniacal energy, frantic pacing, and over-the-top gags that some of the guys at Warners used to turn some of their cartoons into works of Art. But it is a real pleasure to watch. Buzzy's character makes it *****
I saw this cartoon 12-14 years ago when our kids were little and loved it. The audio, music and voices especially of Buzzy the crow. How many old sayings are captured here? It is like a time capsule of 1947, wonderful.
Subject: The cat
Was a great cartoon.Nice clear picture.And alot of superstitions thrown in. Great
Subject: Another great 1940s Famous cartoon!
The Paramount/Famous animation studio (the former Fleischer studio) made their best cartoons in the 1940s, of which this entry is among them. After about 1951 or 1952, the Famous stuff goes steadily downhill. The quality of this print is great and has the original Paramount titles at the beginning and end.
This film is the first of the Noveltoons series to feature Buzzy the Crow, which was voiced by Jackson Beck, as a previous reviewer correctly pointed out. Paramount/Famous would continue this series on into the fifties, but like all of the other 'toons they were doing (including the Popeyes), it became a formula series and quickly fell into a rut.
Subject: I love the design of the cat
His face is beautifully built. So darn appealing. Buzzy too.
The animation is so great. (for instance the tiptoe-ing cat at 2:12)
Too bad the transfer camera is wobbly!
Bill T. -
Subject: What was the date again?
I loved this! The animation in this is razor sharp, the plotline, with a wisecracking crow getting the best of a superstitious cat was very well done and the characters were funny. (Buzzy is obviously modeled after Rochester, Jack BennyÃÂs sidekick). The animation is so sharp, I thought I was watching a Walt Disney Roger Rabbit thing.
Dull animation, very little of the creative action sequences to be found in other film chest offerings. Boring storyline. Lame script. Not worth the effort.
Subject: Not great, not bad
Pretty good cartoon for the normally second-rate Famous Studios NOVELTOONS.
Contrary to a below review, the voices in this cartoon were not actually provided by Jack Benny and Rochester. They are distantly similar parodies. Buzzy the Crow's voice is by Jackson Beck, who was, for years, the voice of Bluto/Brutus in the POPEYE cartoons, in addition to doing countless other cartoon voices and commercial voice-overs until his death in 2004.
Brandon Werner -
Subject: No One Noticed It Was Jack Benny?
Anyone that has listened to the old radio shows knows that this isn't any regular toon series. This is Jack Benny in the role of the cat, and the bird's voice is played by the same voice who played the butler on the Jack Benny show, Ed "Rochester" Anderson.
This fact alone makes this particular cartoon a classic beyond words and an American treasure.
You should Google Jack Benny and listen to some of his shows, the humor is as relevant today as it was then.
Subject: A OK
When Young, Just A Cartoon, Now, It's Pure FUNNY
Subject: Buzzy is Best
Buzzy is a pretty classic character....if you like the old toons you'll get a kick out of this one.